Configuration parameters for the collectors are passed as environment variables during the installation process or through a configuration script.
Collectors can be installed in one of two modes.
Traffic Collection Modes
Collection with local stream processing¶
This is the default mode. In this mode, network packets and metrics are locally processed at the collector, and only consolidated time series metrics are shipped over the network to the Application Operations Center (AOC). The advantage of this mode is lower network bandwidth usage, which however comes at the cost of higher CPU usage. Use this mode when the network bandwidth towards the AOC is limited. In addition, this mode requires only an HTTP or HTTPS interface between the collectors and AOC. The CPU overhead in this mode can be
configured through the OS's scheduling priority. See
EPOCH_NICE_VALUE under configuration
To enable this mode set the
EPOCH_ROLE variable as
In this mode, the collector ships metrics and network packets to the AOC for remote stream processing. This mode has lower CPU overhead at the cost of higher network bandwidth, within the virtual private cloud (VPC) if the stream processor is in the same VPC. So it should be used when surplus bandwidth is available from the collector to AOC.
To enable this mode set the
EPOCH_ROLE variable as
Note: You can run the collectors in Collection only mode and deploy stream processors on local instances within the same VPC. This approach has the best of both modes in terms of minimum CPU overhead and minimum outgoing bandwidth from the VPC. For more information about this approach, refer to the standalone stream processor.
You can assign Infrastructure Tags during the collector installation process by passing the
EPOCH_TAGS environment variable:
EPOCH_TAGS = "tag1,tag_key2:tag_value2"
You can specify tags as comma-separated singletons or key-value pairs. The formats can be mixed.
For more information about configuring automatic infrastructure tag collection, see Infrastructure Integration.
Listed below are some common configuration parameters for the collectors.
|EPOCH_AOC_HOST||yes||n/a||IP or DNS address||The address of your Epoch AOC instance|
|EPOCH_AOC_PORT||no||443||Port number||Override the port of AOC where the metrics are sent.|
|EPOCH_AOC_PROTOCOL||no||https||http or https||Override the protocol used to send metrics to AOC|
|EPOCH_AUTOUPGRADE_COLLECTORS||no||yes||yes or no||Whether to autoupgrade the collectors upon new collector releases|
|EPOCH_DD_AGENT_LISTEN_PORT||no||17130||Port number||You might have to change this port if you have another dd-agent running on the same machine as the collectors|
|EPOCH_NETWORK_NAMESPACE||no||epoch||n/a||This parameter helps Epoch's discovery backend distinguish between distinct entities having the same IP address for e.g. across overlapping IP address spaces of two distinct VPC's. It is a comma-separated list of key value pairs (no spaces allowed) e.g. "vlan_id:4,vpc_id:my-vpc" -- More to less granular keys from left to right|
|EPOCH_NICE_VALUE||no||15||-20 to 19||Apply UNIX
|EPOCH_ORGANIZATION_ID||yes||n/a||string||An identifying string for users of the AOC|
|EPOCH_PKG_REPO_HOST||no||repo.epoch.nutanix.com||IP address or DNS hostname||The location of your Epoch collector package repository|
|EPOCH_PKG_REPO_PORT||no||443||Port number||The port of your Epoch collector package repository|
|EPOCH_SKIP_SSL_VALIDATION||no||no||yes or no||The hostname of external proxy|
|EPOCH_PROXY_HOST||no||Not defined||n/a||The hostname of external proxy|
|EPOCH_PROXY_PORT||no||Not defined||n/a||The port of external proxy|
|EPOCH_PROXY_USER||no||Not defined||n/a||The user name for external proxy in case of required authentication|
|EPOCH_PROXY_PWD||no||Not defined||n/a||The password for external proxy in case of required authentication|
|EPOCH_ROLE||no||sp_collector||collector, sp_collector, sp or infra_only||Run only collector, collector and stream processor, just stream processor, infrastructure collector only|
|EPOCH_STATSD_PORT||no||8125||Port number||You might have to change this port if you have a statsd daemon running on the same machine as the collectors|
|EPOCH_TAGS||no||Not defined||n/a||Comma separated list of tags as single values or key/value pairs.|
|RUN_PRESTART_SCRIPT||no||no||yes or no||Run a custom script at
Remote Packet Capture Configuration¶
Listed below are the remote packet capture configuration parameters, which tune the traffic-capture capabilities of the collector.
|EPOCH_ANALYSIS_DEPTH||yes||layer4||layer4 or layer7||Whether collector will parse packets upto
|EPOCH_BPFFILTER||no||n/a||string||Sets BPF filter. For information about custom filters, see the BPF documentation|
|EPOCH_ENABLE_SSLSPLIT||no||yes||yes or no||Enables SSL capture|
|EPOCH_INTERFACE||no||any||string||Sets the network interface on which to capture traffic s|
|EPOCH_L7_SAMPLINGRATE||no||100||Integer <0 - 100>||Percentage-based sampling rate: the percentage of network flows (TCP transactions) to select for protocol parsing (layer7). 0 implies none of the flows are selected and 100 implies that all the flows are selected. Nutanix recommends 10% sampling in production and 100% in dev/test environments.|
|EPOCH_MTUSIZE||no||1432||Integer||Applies only if EPOCH_TCPMODE is YES. This sets the MTU size. This should be less than or equal to the MTU size supported by the network minus 28.|
|EPOCH_SP_HOST_OVERRIDE||no||n/a||IP or DNS address||Override the address of the stream processor where the captured traffic is sent|
|EPOCH_SP_PORT_OVERRIDE||no||n/a||Port number||Override the stream processor port where the captured traffic is sent|
|EPOCH_SP_LISTEN_PORT||no||2005||Port number||You might have to change this if TCP/UDP port 2005 and TCP port 3005 are not available on the host. The collector listens on TCP and UDP port
|EPOCH_TCPMODE||no||yes||yes or no||Enables TCP data channel|
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